The recently revived Wheeling Center Market Commission was recently filled with representatives from a number of local small businesses that operate in the city’s unique retail center.
At the last Wheeling City Council meeting, Mayor Glenn Elliott announced the list of appointees to the new commission, a panel expected to provide information and commentary on how to better present the Central Market as a destination of shopping and commerce.
Elliott thanked City Councilor Rosemary Ketchum – who represents Ward 3, which includes Center Wheeling and Center Market – for helping revive the commission. The commission has not been active for the past 15 years or more, officials said.
âThe idea there is just to reactivate that body and breathe new life into the ideas and help us take Center Market – which I believe is one of the most successful gems in town – and to really take it to the next level, âElliott said.
This summer, Wheeling City Council relaunched the Central Market Commission on the recommendation of the council’s health and recreation committee, which is chaired by Ketchum. Although Center Market is a Ward 3 location, Ketchum noted that the site is a hub of unique local restaurants and merchants that draw customers from near and far.
The new panel of commission members – many of whom do business in the downtown market stores – will meet to discuss proposals that will help guide the city’s efforts to showcase and promote the market area, including proposals for special events and for any special needs for the region. .
Elliott provided his list of candidates to city council, which accepted the nominations.
Those appointed to the recently rejuvenated commission included Amy Cordy of VC Wares, Rebecca Stahl of REStyle, Betsy Helmick of Zeb’s Barky Bites, Jodi Coleman-Carder of Coleman’s Fish Market, Michael Biela of the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau, Valerie Piko of RED – Regional Economic Development Partnership, Bob Peckenpaugh of the Wheeling Park Commission and Ketchum as representative of Wheeling City Council.
City Councilor Dave Palmer noted that the centre’s market manager, Kurt Zende, is also expected to be involved in the committee meetings. Officials said the intention was to create an organization that can provide support to Zende.
âCenter Market is one of our most valuable institutions in the town of Wheeling, and I believe it can only be better served by the minds who will hopefully create strong strategies for economic development there. low, âKetchum said, expressing his gratitude to the mayor for his help in setting up the commission during his recent appointments.
City leaders noted that some capital investment is planned to help repair certain features of the central market, including plans for a new roof on the main market building, as well as repairs to air conditioning units in the city. lower market house. During the last council meeting, an ordinance was passed allowing Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron to spend $ 29,801 with HE Newman of Wheeling on a new 20-ton pump for the Central Market House, to be charged the city’s Restricted Capital Improvement Program (RCIP). funds.